My Colors. My Mind. My Life.

Celebrate the colors of your life and join our innovative multifaceted initiative that includes art therapy classes and a countywide mass media campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Our goals are to increase social inclusion, decrease discrimination and increase treatment-seeking among individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Despite the fact that one in five Americans will experience mental illness in a given year, stigma in our society is still common. Stigma of mental illness involves negative stereotypes, discrimination, prejudice, and poor treatment –  which often leads to shame, suffering, self-blame, and poor self esteem – and is a major barrier to access mental healthcare for those subject to stigmatization.

Creative Art Therapy Classes

Art has the power to heal, inspire, provoke, challenge and support mental health.
Creating art enables us to share our culture and our identity. It can help us better understand our emotions – like a mirror, reflecting back what we have created.

The Council on Aging – Southern California is offering a variety of no-cost creative art therapy classes across Orange County. We want to encourage self-expression, self-discovery, and emotional growth in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Through this creative process, we hope that community members can explore emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and build awareness to reduce stigma surrounding overall mental health.

Creative Art Therapy Class Schedule

Healing With Art

Creative art therapy can be very valuable in treating issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and even some phobias.

It is a great way to express your emotions without words, process complex feelings and find relief.  Benefits include:

  • Improve Communication and Concentration Skills
  • Reduce Stress
  • Decrease Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
  • Build Self-Esteem and Confidence

  • Reduce Feelings of Isolation

  • Foster a Stronger Sense of Identity and New Relationships
  • Encourages the Development of Healthy Coping Strategies
  • Improve Cognitive Functions
  • Cultivate Emotional Resilience

Tips to Reduce Stigma & Discrimination

Know the Facts*

Talk Openly About Them

Challenge Myths & Stereotypes

Examine Your Own Judgment, Behaviors, and Language

Encourage Mental Health Care

Treat Everyone with Dignity, Respect, Compassion, Acceptance, and Inclusiveness

Art Classes For Everyone

January – June 2020

Classes are for beginners or those who want to brush up on their art skills. All supplies are provided.

Anaheim

(Bilingual Korean)
Linbrook Court
2240 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92081
Acrylic Painting
Every Thursday
10am – 12pm

Anaheim

(Bilingual Korean)
Miracle Terrace
225 S. Western Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92804
Acrylic Painting
1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday
1:30 – 3:30pm

Corona Del Mar

(English)
Oasis Senior Center
801 Narcissus Avenue
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Acrylic Painting
Dates & times TBD

Irvine

(English)
Council on Aging –
Southern California
2 Executive Circle, Ste 175
Irvine, CA 92614
Watercolor & Mixed Media
1st and 3rd Friday
10am – 12pm

Garden Grove

(Bilingual Korean)
Sungrove Apartments
12811 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Acrylic Painting
Every Wednesday
10am – 12pm

Garden Grove

(Bilingual Vietnamese)
Wesley Village
10882 Stanford Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Circle Painting
1st and 3rd Wednesday
1pm – 3pm

Laguna Woods

(English)
Laguna Woods Village
24351 El Toro Road
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Watercolor & Mixed Media
Dates and times TBD

Orange

(Bilingual Korean)
Community Garden Towers
3919 W. Garden Grove Blvd.
Orange, CA 92868
Acrylic Paining
2nd and 4th Thursday
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Newport Beach

(Bilingual Spanish)
Hoag – Center for Healthy Living
307 Placentia Ave.,
Suite 105A
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Watercolor & Mixed Media
4th Friday
10am – 12pm

Santa Ana

(Bilingual Mandarin)
St. Joseph Hospital
2212 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Watercolor & Mixed Media
2nd Friday
10am – 12pm

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